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UP­DATE At Cen­ten­nial with Gran­høj Dans has been resched­uled to April 8, 2013; was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Novem­ber 20th, 2012 HAR­VEST BREED Satur­day, Novem­ber 24, 8 pm

of Cen­ten­nial The­atre as the open­ing act for Ba­sia Bu­lat in 2010, Har­vest Breed now ap­pear as head­lin­ers on the Cen­ten­nial stage on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24th. The Sher­brooke sex­tet re­turns with a new record,

a new name and a ro­bust charge in their new mu­sic as part of the Sher­brooke Con­nec­tion se­ries ini­ti­ated at Cen­ten­nial this sea­son. The group whose first al­bum is nom­i­nated for a GAMIQ Award (in­de­pen­dent mu­sic) is also short­listed for a spot for the “En­trée en scène Loto-Québec”

Sparser and more raw than the band’s pre­vi­ous ef­forts (which were re­leased un­der the re­tired moniker of Jake and the Leprechauns), Har­vest Breed’s of­fi­cial de­but al­bum is the work of a band at the height of its cre­ative pow­ers. Har­vest Breed de­liv­ers a mix of indie folk rock with a solid dose of old school Amer­i­can folk as they breathe new life to the for­ti­fied band fea­tur­ing Charles-An­toine Gos­selin (vo­cals, gui­tars, key­board, com­po­si­tion), Philippe Custeau (lyrics, gui­tars, pedal steel), Maxime Rouleau (pi­ano, gui­tars, vo­cals), Marco Gos­selin (gui­tars, banjo, vo­cals), Syl­vain Lussier (bass), Gabriel Lemieux-Maillé (drums).

While at Toronto’s Indie Week, the band recorded 2 videos with pro­ducer and videog­ra­pher Mitch Fil­ion (South­ern Souls) whose man­date is to cap­ture unique per­for­mances by Cana­dian mu­si­cians in in­ter­est­ing lo­ca­tions. Dur­ing the 2012 sum­mer, Har­vest Breed per­formed on one of the mains venues at the Fes­ti­val d’été de Québec with Beirut and Barr Broth­ers.

Harken­ing back to a time where al­bums were more than a com­puter playlist of MP3s, when mu­sic could still move masses, break hearts, open minds, and change the world, Har­vest Breed’s songs bridge the gap be­tween the warm and fuzzy iconic records of the 70’s, and the con­sum­ing quest for lyri­cal per­fec­tion which per­me­ates the work of such con­tem­po­rary po­etry luminaries as Michael On­daat­dje, John Ash­berry, Robert Hass and W.S. Mer­win.

“Ev­ery­thing Changes”, recorded live off-the-floor in four days by Mark Law­son, evokes clas­sic al­bums by The Grate­ful Dead, Townes Van Zandt, The Band, Neil Young and the Fly­ing Bur­rito Broth­ers. It is at once in­vig­o­rat­ing and oddly fa­mil­iar, like stum­bling upon a long-lost friend in the mid­dle of a for­eign city, like the first snow­fall of the year.

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